How To Prevent Animals From Eating Your Plants This Fall

By: albertaarb - October 27, 2014

You love animals, but not as much when they are eating all your plants. Unfortunately, this is a common problem, especially in the fall. When animals eating plants becomes a problem, there are a few steps you can take to prevent or at least minimize the problem. 

When fall and winter months hit, animals eating plants becomes more common as they begin searching for food. This can become frustrating because the intruders can cause a lot of damage to your yard and garden. Burrowing critters can damage roots, and constantly grazing deer can demolish your plants and shrubs.

What Type Of Animals Are Eating Your Plants?

This is good to know, because it makes a difference in how you approach the problem. For example, setting up a fence or plant cage may help keep animals such as deer away, but not burrowing animals that will just dig under the fence. Here are some common culprits:

  • Deer
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Moles, Gophers, Voles

Deterring Animals From Your Garden 

There are a few strategies that can help you protect your plants. You may find the most success by combining more than one of these tactics. Here are the basics: 

  • Fences, plant cages and other barriers
  • Deterrents such as sprays and decoys
  • Traps

Plants They Don't Like

One solution is to surround your garden with plants that most animals find unpleasant in order to deter them. This can really make a difference, especially if you use these plants as a border around your garden. Here are some plants that rabbits find distasteful:

  • Lavender
  • Boxwood
  • Aster
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinca

Another strategy that can help deter rabbits and deer are sprays. You can purchase different types of commercial animal deterrent sprays, or make your own. These sprays aren't the same as pesticides, and they are often made up of natural oils and ingredients such as cinnamon and pepper.

Fences are not always effective, but when used in conjunction with other tactics, they can help. Be sure that if you use wire plant cages or fences that you "plant" them at least six inches deep to keep burrowing animals away.

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